Unique Mars Rover Design (Make It Move)

Introduction: Unique Mars Rover Design (Make It Move)

About: I’m a middle school student (part of an international program called ‘International Baccalaureate: Middle Years Programme’) in Canada! As part of being an IB MYP student, I have created and enjoyed making num…

Introduction:
Hello, my name is Juiee. I am currently in grade 6, and will be going to grade 7. I have been using Tinkercad since last year and have enjoyed using it ever since! I am part of a 3D Printing Commitee at my school, and I love creating and helping others with making Tinkercad designs and printing them. As part of this contest, I have created my very own imaginative Mars Rover Design (category: Make it Move)!

My Mars Rover Design

Click the link above to view my "Make it Move" design in 3D! Here is a quick description of my Tinkercad design:

My Mars Rover Design is unique as I used my imagination to create it. It has many similarities to actual mars rovers (i.e. body shape), however mine is different and special! Allow me to explain! My Mars Rover has many features to help it survive on planet Mars. For example, I made the colour of the rover red/orange so it can camoflage into its surrounding incase there is any danger ( martians :) I also added a couple of solar panels, headlights, and a disc antenna.

Mars Rover Movement

So now you may be wondering "How can this Mars Rover move"? Well, I can explain! In my rover design, I decided to add multiple sized wheels, two big and one small (three wheels on each side). This would help the rover to drive and maneuver through obstacles (mountains, craters, etc) safely and easily. The total four big wheels also benefit incase the rover for any reason looses balance and becomes upside down. Then, the rover can still drive as the big wheels are larger than the chassis body.

Step 1: Chassis + Head

Chassis:

The chassis is the body of the Mars Rover. I made it out of a cube.

Dimensions: -

  • Length: 20
  • Width: 20
  • Height: 20

Head:

The head is the main part that makes a rover, A ROVER! I made it out of a cylinder and cube. The dimensions of both shapes can differ depending on how big you want your rover head to be.

Step 2: Axels + Wheels

Axels:

I used small cylinders to make my axels. Similar to past Mars Rovers, the axels for all wheels connect to each other (which could be called the frame) and then one small cylinder (which is also connected to all the axels) is attached to the chassis body! Once again, the dimensions for the axels/cylinders can differ depending on your size preference.

Wheels:

As I mentioned in my description, I have designed the wheels of my rover to be a mix of multiple sizes (small and big). The type and style of the wheels is your choice, however I strongly suggest the wheels to be a mix of sizes. As I mentioned for the axels, the wheels can be any size as per your wish. I have just listed some of my wheel dimensions below.

Dimensions: -

Small Wheel:

  • Diameter: 33

Big Wheel:

  • Diameter: 58

Step 3: Special Features (i.e. Solar Panels)

Special Features:

The special features, such as solar panels, headlights, etc, are optional. You can add any type or sort of special feature to make your rover design functional and unique!

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Thank You for taking the time to read my Instructable. I hope you liked my Tinkercad / Make it Move design! Be sure to vote for me for the contest!

- Juiee :)

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